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1971-1972 Buffalo Hockey

by Scott Hollander
University at Buffalo Libraries

Buffalo Captain Ted Miskolczi (#20) skates past the Ohio State goalie.

Buffalo Captain Ted Miskolczi (#20) skates past the Ohio State goalie.

UB hosts Ohio State at the Aud

College hockey made its modern debut at Buffalo’s Memorial Auditorium on Sunday, January 23, 1972 in the afternoon when the University at Buffalo’s Bulls met Big Ten representative Ohio State.  More than 4000 fans saw the Bulls hold their own against a powerful Ohio State squad. Although the Bulls held a 2-1 lead early in the second period, Ohio State ended up winning the game 5-2. Mike Dunn of Buffalo played spectacularly stopping 52 Ohio State shots.

The two team also played at a jammed packed Amherst Recreation Center the previous night with Ohio State outclassing UB 6-1.

Coach Ed Wright’s UB sextet lost both ends of a weekend visit to Columbus earlier that season. OSU defeated the Bulls twice, 6-0 and 8-3, behind an excellent mixture of American and Canadian talent.

Buffalo featured a local stateside bred player — senior right wing Nick Beaver from Kensington High School. Beaver skated the second line with center Bill Newman (Niagara Falls, Ont.) and left wing Ted Miskolczi (Fort Erie, Ont.).

The Buffalo Bulls hockey team played in Division II of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) during the 1971-1972 season, posting an overall 14-8-0 mark, second best in the ECAC II at 12-3-0.

Team photo

1st: Tom Heffner, Russ French, Rob Epplett, Co-captain Bob Goody, Co-captain Bill Newman, Mike Klym, Don Marracle, Mike Dunn. 2nd: Mike Loftus, Dan Earl, Doug Bowman, Gary Romanyck, Nick Beaver, Tunney Murchie, Dick Will, Ron Massey, Pat Dunn, Coach Ed Wright. 3rd: Dale Dolmage, Bill Reid, Larry Carr, Gary Tudhope, Ted Miskolczi, Bob Albano, Ron Marracle, John McReynolds, Jack Richards, John Stranges

1971-1972 Buffalo Bulls Hockey Season

Home Team Score Visiting Team W-L-T
Buffalo 5 – 2 New England W
Buffalo 5 – 4 Oswego State W
Buffalo 10 – 4 Salem State W
Ohio State 6 – 0 Buffalo L
Ohio State 9 – 3 Buffalo L
New England 3 – 7 Buffalo W
Buffalo 9 – 5 Lowell Tech W
Buffalo 1 – 4 Merrimack L
Hamilton 2 – 7 Buffalo W
Buffalo 1 – 6 Ohio State L
Buffalo 2 – 5 Ohio State L
American International 4 – 12 Buffalo W
Salem State 3 – 5 Buffalo W
Buffalo 8 – 2 Ithaca W
Oswego State 8 – 7 Buffalo L
Canton ATC 10 – 7 Buffalo L
Buffalo 10 – 1 Kent State W
Ithaca 5 – 11 Buffalo W
Boston State 5 – 9 Buffalo W
Vermont 0 – 4 Buffalo W
Massachusetts 8 – 1 Buffalo L

Home: Amherst Recreation Center
Coach: Ed Wright